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International Dishes Made With Dals

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
29 October 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Lentils or dal as they are popularly known in India are impressive ingredients. Versatile and handy, they can be transformed into a delicious, healthy, complete meal in next to little time and cooking them is a cinch! A gigantic dietetic force to reckon with, lentils promise a whole multitude of health benefits. The nutritional value of pulses and lentils is very high and they can help boost heart health, manage diabetes mellitus, enhance gut health, and facilitate weight loss. They are brimming over with fibre and protein and proffer nine vital vitamins and minerals and a mere 1 gram of fat!

Contemporary lentil recipes in kitchens abroad!

• Quesadilla: Immune Boosting Foods Well-seasoned dal such as masoor is an amazing, creative and refreshing filling for a Mexican quesadilla! It’s a flawlessly balanced, appetizing meal that can become your go-to when you need a speedy, healthy dinner. The lentils give a massive measure of protein along with loads of gut-happy fibre. Top off your quesadilla with some chopped bell peppers, tomatoes and avocados and you have a fabulous meal that will keep you going for a long interval of time. This recipe brings together protein-laden lentils, fibre-packed bell peppers, satiating avocado, and lycopene-filled tomatoes to fashion a dish that will help you conquer your day. In addition, you could also experiment with cabbage, carrots, and onions, which pair beautifully with the lentils too. And, it all comes together beautifully with a tangy, spicy sauce which is rather addictive!

• Jambalaya: On the look-out for lentil-based inspiration? Well, this recipe is truly inspirational! The jambalaya integrates French and Spanish culinary traditions, pairing vegetables, masoor dal and rice. The classic recipe is a spicy one-pot meal that packs in bags of flavour and a ton of nutrition! There are two types of jambalaya - Creole and Cajun. Both recipes make use of – celery, onions, and bell peppers; while Creole uses tomatoes in the recipes, Cajun does not. Super tasty, wholesome, and irresistible, this recipe replaces meat with masoor dal and gives a very healthy twist to the traditional meal.

• Misir wat: The misir wat is Ethiopia’s really loved vegetarian dish; and it displays the lentils in a manner that is distinctly singular. The flavour profile of this recipe is such that it enlivens the most boring ingredients and makes it vibrant with its spices. This dish showcases red lentils or the masoor, and is a staple throughout the country. The real game changers in the Misir Wat are - the onions caramelized in niter kibbeh which is a fragrant clarified butter, and the use of liberal amounts of berbere which is a fantastic spice blend. The misir wat unquestionably pleases the taste buds and the waistline!

• Tabbouleh: How to Increase Immune SystemCustomarily, the Middle Eastern tabbouleh is made with parsley, tomatoes, bulgur wheat and lots of lemon juice; add your favourite dal to the recipe and you’ve struck a gold mine! This is an incredible Mediterranean-style salad, in which the bulgur does not need to be cooked, you simply soften it, given that it has previously been steamed and dried. The ideal weight-watchers, the tabbouleh guarantees that you relish all your favourite flavours without any empty calories. One bowl of this salad promises loads of vitamin C, vitamin K, along with manganese, and large amounts of fibre. The quintessential recipe makes use of a mountain of parsley – giving the salad a vibrant green hue and plenty of freshness. Diced tomatoes and green onions are an absolutely perfect addition and lend a vivid colour, more texture, and also enhance the freshness quotient.

Try Tata Sampann Masoor Dal to make these international dishes. Unpolished and unadulterated, this masoor dal is cleaner and purer compared to loose dal. Tata Sampann offers consistent quality throughout the year.

Integrating protein-packed lentils into your menu promises you a big bowl of healthy comfort food! You can understand the nutritional value of pulses and keep your body in top-notch form and seize your day with one powerful bowl of lentils.





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